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From the blog On the Edge The Albany (NY) Times Union website:

Things your waiter whould never say/do

December 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

by Kristi Gustafson

R and I went to dinner Friday night and had what may have been the, um, quirkiest (and annoying) waiter either of us have ever experienced. In fact, at one point, we joked that maybe we were on candid camera.

Some of the highlights:

  • After being seated in a near-empty restaurant around 8:45 our waiter took so long to greet up the host even came over and apologized — twice — without us saying anything.
  • When our waiter did appear — around 10 minutes after we sat down — he moseyed on over, and didn’t apologize for the delay (despite us making a (light) remark about the wait).
  • The bread he set down in front of us was so dry you needed two pats of butter on each piece just to take it in without feeling like you were inhaling sand patties. Funny enough he said “I brought you plenty of fresh bread.” There were three pieces.
  • Instead of butter, maybe we could’ve dunked the bread in our water (kidding, sort of)– if we had any. After he argued with us that there was “no such thing as red Zinfandel” (despite it being on the menu, which he then relented and said “well, I don’t drink, so I didn’t know, but you taught me something, so now I know”. He proceeded to give us a 3 or 4 min. explanation of just why he didn’t drink. This involved his kids, beer cans on the counter and a small town in western NY), he disappeared for nearly 15 minutes.

Read rest of the horrible experience here:

http://blog.timesunion.com/kristi/21341/things-your-waiter-should-never-saydo/